The lifeless bodies of three babies dressed in colorful clothes and looking as if they were asleep were carried ashore on Friday in Libya.
In the outstretched arms of three men near the water's edge, one of the babies still wore sneakers that were closed with pink velcro straps, another with red socks that matched a red and white polka-dot trousers, and the third barefoot, partial makeshift enveloped.
Hundreds of people have already lost their lives this year, the IOM is trying the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.
Only 14 migrants were rescued after the boat capsized on Friday, IOM said, as the bailout continued.
"The bodies of three children under the age of five have been found, but we do not know yet how many are dead or dead," IOM spokeswoman for Libya Christine Petre told CNN.
Doctors are on-site medical assistance was provided, and additional staff was deployed, Petre said. "IOM provides humanitarian direct assistance at the disembarkation site, including water and food," she said.
Separately, 345 migrants were sent back to the Libyan coast by the Libyan Coast Guard on Friday, IOM said.
Nearby 10,200 migrants have already been returned to Libya in 2018, Petre said. More than 2,000 were returned last week by the Libyan Coast Guard.
EU Renewal Obligations
The Médecins Sans Frontières (Médecins Sans Frontières) organization called on EU leaders on Friday to "show some decency" and rescue operations for those in distress – and then take them to a place of safety instead of Libya.
"EU Member States are foregoing their responsibility to save lives and intentionally arrest vulnerable people in Libya, or to die at sea," said Karline Kleijer, head of Emergency Group Emergencies.
"They are aware of the extreme violence and ill-treatment of refugees and migrants in Libya."
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Pe Conte welcomed the agreement of the European Council on Friday and said that "long negotiations have taken place but from today Italy is no longer alone".
The proposed "regional disembarkation platforms" would be in North African countries like Libya with the goal of breaking the business model of traffickers who bring migrants across the sea to Europe. However, it is not yet clear whether these countries are capable or willing to operate such a system.
EU leaders also agreed to step up efforts to prevent smugglers from Libya or elsewhere, including increased support from Libya's Coast Guard and the Sahel region, by many sub-Saharan African migrants travel the way north.
The agreement also includes more money for Spain and Morocco to drive back migrants coming via the eastern Mediterranean route
Despite the dangers, thousands of migrants risk it – many flee from conflict, poverty or oppression – their lives on crowded and barely seaworthy boats in the hope of finding a better life on the European coasts.
While illegal border crossings into the EU have fallen by 95% since their peak in October 2015, there has recently been an upward trend on some routes across the Mediterranean, said the European Council.